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Newton woman faces dependent adult abuse charge

A 26-year-old Newton woman is facing a dependent adult abuse charge for lack of proper care and allegedly neglecting the victim's medical needs.

Alexis M. Straight (Nell), the caregiver of the victim, is accused of placing two prescribed fentanyl patches on the victim at the same time on multiple occasions. During an investigation by the Newton Police Department, the victim told police Straight did not take care of her properly.

Straight is accused of not bathing the dependent adult or turning her over to prevent bed sores, according to a police report. She is also accused of not changing the victim's colostomy bag.

According to NPD Sgt. Chris Wing, the victim was prescribed fentanyl but one patch was placed over the first, which made the patch ineffective.

"The victim had a large bed sore, wasn’t being cleaned, was left alone and the colostomy bag hadn’t been changed," Wing said. "The sum of all these things coupled with a bowel blockage caused her to be hospitalized."

The victim was admitted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for an altered mental status, a police report states.

The NPD issued an arrest warrant for Straight Dec. 23 when she failed to show up at the police department. She was arrested at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday at Walmart and taken to the Jasper County Jail.

Straight is charged with dependent adult abuse — reckless serious injury. She is being held on $2,500 bond.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or ksingletary@newtondailynews.com

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